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7 Innovative Midd Course Sites in WordPress

Categories: Midd Blogosphere

Have you considered using WordPress as a course website, but aren’t sure how it might look? Are you using it already, but curious about new ideas? Here’s a sneak peek at how other Middlebury faculty have been doing it.

Simple Websites
Create a simple website with WordPress by hiding its blog features. Make “Pages” for your content (e.g., syllabus, lecture outlines, and assignment overviews), then from the Settings > Reading menu, change your blog’s front page to a “static page.”

history-american-women
History of American Women (login to view)

Share Course Materials and Announcements
Use WordPress’s blog “Posts” to share timely announcements with your class, and create “Pages” for static content like your syllabus, schedule, and resources that students need often.

modern-chinese-politics
Modern Chinese Politics

Sharing & Publishing Student Work
Publish student work informally on the web, or give students a way to share their work with other members of the class. By elevating students’ role in your site to Contributor or higher (Users > Change Role To…), students can post to the course site themselves. WordPress’s Privacy settings give you control over whether student work is limited to just the class or beyond (Settings > Reading).

political-economy-gmos
Political Ecology of GMOs
Solvitur Ambulando
Middlebury Studio Art

Digital Class Project
An entire class might collaborate to produce an archival and educational resource that lives on well after the course ends. LIS can provide extra support for ambitious projects.

chicago-freedom-movement
Chicago Freedom Movement

Multi-Purpose
WordPress is flexible. Use it for a combination of posting course content, creating interactive opportunities for students, and as a platform to share student work.

inferno
The Keys to Dan Brown’s Inferno

No matter which approach you adopt, your WordPress site can be visible to anyone on the web, limited to Middlebury account holders, or private to just the students in your course.

To create a WordPress site for your course, visit the Course Hub  > Manage Resources > Add a Resource > WordPress and follow the steps. Your LIS liaison is available to discuss ways you might use WordPress, walk you through the process, and provide additional support.

WordPress for Course Sites

Categories: Midd Blogosphere

(Cross-posting from WordPress @ Middlebury):

WordPress and Moodle are the primary alternatives to Segue for course sites at Middlebury.  A number of workshops have been scheduled on how to use WordPress for course sites and how it is integrated with the Course Hub.

  • 11:00 am -12:00 pm, Wednesday, August 31, Library 105
  • 11:00 am -12:00 pm, Thursday, Sept 1, Library 105
  • 4:00-5:00 pm, Tuesday, Sept 6, Library 105
  • 3:00-4:00 pm, Wednesday, Sept 7, Library 105

To attend one of these sessions, please fill out our sign up form, see:
WordPress / Course Hub Workshop Sign Up

These sessions have been scheduled before or after similar sessions on Moodle, Middlebury’s new learning management system (LMS).  To learn more about how these platform compare, see: Curricular Technologies Platform Overview. If you’d like to attend one of the Moodle sessions, there is still time to sign up: Click to sign up for a Moodle Workshop.